Mutine -> 1798 Pigmy

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench cutter 'Le Mutin' (1778) (14)
ShipyardDunkerque - Flanders NNF-1774
Ship ClassMutin ClassNNF-1774
Designed byJaques DenysNNF-1774
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck79' 11 ¼"Imperial Feet24.0856 
Length of Keel59' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet17.9896 
Breadth26' 1"Imperial Feet7.929 
Depth in Hold10' 1"Imperial Feet3.0734 
Burthen215 994Tons BM 


9.1779Broadside Weight = 28 Imperial Pound ( 12.698 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

8 Commanding Officers

2.10.1779 - 21.3.1782LieutenantSamuel CoxBWAS-17143.1782 - 5.1783LieutenantJames Hills (d.1814)BWAS-17145.1783 - 1787LieutenantRobert WatsonBWAS-171410.1789 - 1796LieutenantHumphrey West (d.1803)BWAS-17141.1797 - 1.1803LieutenantWilliam ShepheardBWAS-17141.1803 - 2.2.1804LieutenantMartin WhiteBWAS-17143.2.1804 - 8.1804LieutenantSamuel Burgess (1781-?)NBD18491805 - 9.8.1805LieutenantWilliam SmithBWAS-1714

Service History

16.11.1779Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
13.12.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £645.14.11dBWAS-1714
1787Paid offBWAS-1714
1789middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £3884.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1790Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1795Off GenoaBWAS-1714
20.1.1798Renamed PigmyBWAS-1714
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
8.1.1799Took the Cutter La Rancune (2) Barlstone-Head bearing N. W. two milesTNC

Sailed from Portsmouth

6.9.1800In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
6.9.1800Took the Privateer La Bataglia di Marengo in the Mediterranean
18.2.1801Took the Privateer L'Adelaide (3) BG
9.8.1805Wrecked in St Aubin's bay, JerseyBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 27th of August 2019 04:19

Circa 26 Nov 1803 the cook of the Pigmy cutter, Thomas Phillips, was found dead in his bed ; the coroner, Mr R Calloway concluded that he had died by a visitation of God.
3 Oct 1804 a Court Martial was held on a seaman of the Pigmy, W. Lloyd, for taking a ship's boat and deserting the ship when at St Helier, Jersey, and was ordered to receive 300 lashes.

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